Israel’s live fire use in Gaza protests in first legal test

The IDF’s use of live fire against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border is facing its first legal test before the Supreme Court.

Six human rights groups are asking the court on to restrict or ban the use of live ammunition, after 39 Palestinian were killed and more than 1,600 wounded in weekly border protests over the past month.

The rights groups say rules of engagement of law enforcement apply, under which officers can only resort to lethal force if their lives are in imminent danger. They say the military’s use of lethal force against unarmed protesters is unlawful.

The IDF says the border protests are part of a long-running conflict with Gaza’s ruling terrorist group Hamas, and says rules of armed conflict apply.

— AP

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